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The Body Shop Body Butter Duo SWEET PEA
I love the smell of sweet peas and when I first spotted this duo for sale in The Body Shop I had just bought a £40.00 bargain pack from them, so I could not justify buying any. I was however, a little upset, because it was the summer time and I love the scent so much, plus I wanted to see how The Body Shop had replicated the fresh summer scent of lovely fresh sweet peas. That is why when I returned just 2 weeks later I had made sure I had used one of the Body Butters from my pack. The Duo is packaged in a typical body butter 10cm container in pale pink with a darker pink lid. The label on top of the lid gives the explanation of the contents with a photo of a pale pink sweet pea and the text that there is cream for "normal skin areas" and "dry skin areas" inside. Upon opening the jar the scent is immediately apparent and indeed it is the sweet smell of sweet peas in a jar. I was so pleased!
However, this was short lived happiness as probably with my reviewers hat on I noted that the thicker and thinner creams were split 50/50 in the jar, although divided with an attractive almost S shaped partition, surely everyone has a greater need for the "normal" and would use the "dry" on places like elbows and knees? A person with a dry skin would not bother with this product at all?
Putting my disappointment aside, I worked out by the sponge cake method ie carefully prodding the top of each cream, to judge the texture and substance in order to establish which was which as there was no other obvious way of telling.
The creams are both pale pink, with the thinner version representing olive oil spread rather than butter, but the thicker side definitely looks like butter with a little red dye added to turn it pink. The thicker side being only ever so slightly darker in colour.
I simply scooped a little of the "normal" out and smoothed onto my body and luxuriated in the divine scent. I finished by applying the thicker butter to elbows, knees and feet before rubbing what was left into my hands.
Both creams are quickly and easily absorbed, with the thicker leaving a trace of a film, whilst the thinner version left a healthy looking sheen on my skin, but no other trace other than the scent.
My skin felt loved and cherished and the scent although divine did seem to wear off quickly. However, at the time my house was filled with sweet peas and therefore their scent, so, being such a familiar fragrance it may have lasted better than I realised. Certainly the fragrance lasted the whole jar and has not faded or ruined.
As expected I did use the thinner 50% much quicker than the dry skin half and this is such a pity as a 75 - 25% split would probably suit most people better.
This is a lovely summer scented product and I believe it will suit anyone who wishes to use a body butter and needs a heavier duty cream for dry areas. The fragrance is fresh enough for the most petulant of teenage girls and old fashioned enough to suit the most cantankerous granny and all women in between. The only criteria being a liking for sweet peas or floral scents. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend it for men because the fragrance is just too soft and floral and any cross dressing men I know prefer a stronger scent.
Naturally from The Body Shop the container is recyclable.
The icons at the back of the container also advise the user that the shelf life is 12 months once the product is opened. A lift up flap reveals the contents list and that the product is made in Thailand for The Body Shop USA.
When you first open the jar the contents are sealed under the lid.
The afore mentioned design makes removal of the last of the creams tricky to achieve.
The active ingredients include Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Sweet Almond Oil and there does not appear to be anything nasty included. The fragrance comes from the seed oil of the sweet pea, which I find intriguing.
The ingredients lit is in very small text, so I am not going to copy type the whole list here, however should there be an ingredient you wish to avoid (perhaps prior to an on-line purchase) do not hesitate to ask me and I will have a look and get back to you.
I can certainly validate that the fragrance is indeed sweet peas, the body butter performs as well as any similar item, leaving the skin soft and smooth and the fragrance is uplifting to use. All in all a nice product.
I will give 4 stars only because I really do think the ratio should be altered.
PRICE and AVAILABILITY:
Usual price is around £8.00 for the 200ml tub, however I paid just £4.00 a tub for mine from The Body Shop. Also available from on-line outlets such as Amazon and eBay who are currently selling for around £6.00.
I always use a moisturiser or body butter after having a bath and tend to have a range of products stocked up that I have bought on promotion waiting to be used. I got this body butter from the Body Shop with a 50% off code and recently started using it as I thought it would be a good product to use in the summer time due its floral scent.
The concept of a "duo" body butter is a new one which the Body Shop introduced about a year ago. I don't know of any other shops that are currently selling similar products. The idea is that in one tub you get two different types of body butter - a lighter cream for normal skin areas and a richer cream for drier areas like elbows and knees.
The body butter comes in a pink and white pot, with a screw top lid and a pretty picture of sweet peas on the pot. When you open it the product is divided into two by a wavy piece of plastic. You can easily tell the difference between the two different types of cream as the body butter for normal skin is a light pink colour which is quite fluffy and the product for drier areas is a darker pink and much thicker.
On first opening the pot you can straight away smell the body butter, which is floral and quite sweet. It smells lovely but like I said is probably more of a summer smell than a winter smell.
The body butter contains a range of ingredients to help moisturise including shea butter, cocoa butter and real sweet pea extract. It is meant to provide
24-hour hydration and leave skin feeling soft all over.
On using the body butter I was surprised to find that I actually preferred the thicker cream which is meant to just be used on drier areas. I do not have particularly dry skin but found myself using this over most of my body as the formula was richer and worked better. I have found that the lighter cream for normal skin is quite streaky and greasy and does not sink into my skin well so I have to spend considerable time rubbing it in (or I have white steaks everywhere) However once applied the butter does leave my skin feeling soft and well hydrated and the smell lingers for a few hours which is lovely.
I think it is a really good idea having two types of cream in one pot as a choice for different skin types over your body if you need this. However this makes that body butter more expansive than normal versions and is only really worth it if you like and will use both versions of the cream. Inevitably I have found that I have used up the thicker version that I preferred first and now have the other version that I am not so keen on to finish off! I will therefore be sticking to normal body butters in the future that are a bit cheaper
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I just love The Body Shop and am often visiting their store or website spending too much money on their products. A few months back I saw a box set of different Body Shop items at a discounted price and just couldn't resist buying it, it contained a nice mix of products including some of my favorites and some which I had not yet tried. Included in the set was a 200ml tub of Sweet Pea Body Butter Duo and I was quite excited to try it as it seemed rather interesting and unique.
The Body Shops Sweet Pea Body Butter Duo comes in a pink plastic tub with a screw on lid. A circular sticker on the lid shows the brand logo and product name, pink flowers are visible in the background. General information is given on a sticker on the bottom of the tub. The product has a shelf life of twelve months.
As with all Body Shop products, this body butter has not been tested on animals. It also contains fair trade brazil nut oil.
Inside, the tub is split in two different sections each containing a different type of pink body butter. On one side is a light creamy butter which is for "normal skin areas" and on the other is a thicker more intense butter for "dry skin areas". I tend to use a small scoop of the lighter side and massage it into my skin, it takes a couple of minutes to sink in and leaves no greasy residues on the skin. I then follow up with a small amount of the thicker butter and massage this into any troublesome dry patches as well as knees and elbows. The thicker butter is a little on the greasy side and takes longer to sink into the skin. On the odd occasion when my skin has felt particularly dry I have mixed both sides together and felt this worked really well at reducing any dry patches quickly and effectively. After using the butter my skin is always left feeling wonderfully soft and well moisturised. However, I don't suffer from dry skin regularly and would say my skin type is "normal", so its not one I use on a regular basis as I feel it is a little on the intense side for me. Whilst I do like and use both sides of the butters I seem to have far more of the thicker butter left compared to the lighter side.
If I am honest I have no idea what "sweet pea" is ment to smell like, but I would say that this butter has a rather strong floral fragrance. I actually really like the smell, it has a great longevity and lingers on the skin for quite sometime.
I doubt I would buy this product again as I feel there are plenty of Body Shop butters that are more suitable for my skin type, but its still a nice butter and one which would certainly suit those with dry skin.
The Sweet pea body butter duo can be bought in most Body Shop stores and on their website. It is usually priced at £13.00 for a 200ml tub, although it is worth noting that there are often offers and discounts available.
Though I still love Lush, I've recently started purchasing more and more toiletries from The Body Shop, mainly because they've had some brilliant special offers on recently. The Body Shop is similar to Lush in that it has an ethical policy and many of the ingredients in their products are community or fair trade. The Body Shop is famous for their body butters, and recently launched a body butter with a twist - the Body Butter Duo.
The Body Butter Duo acknowledges that different bits of your skin need different levels of moisture. With dry skin that is driest on my lower legs, knees and elbows, I tend to use an intensive body butter after an evening bath or shower (I take an evening shower at least twice a week after going to the gym) and a lighter body lotion during the day. However, the Body Butter Duo allows me to moisturise more intensively the parts of my skin that need it, while using a lighter moisturiser on the rest of me, all in one product.
There are currently four kinds of Body Butter Duo available: Vanilla, Macadamia, Floral Acai, and Sweet Pea. As it was the middle of summer when I bought it, I chose the Sweet Pea variety as when I smelled it in the shop it had a lovely light floral scent, perfect for the season. These body butters normally cost £12.50, the same price as other body butters, though when I actually bought it online I was able to use a discount code (I can't remember which one, there are always loads flying about!).
The body butter contains real sweet pea extract, and is made up of shea butter, cocoa butter, soya oil, nut oil, babassu oil and beeswax, which are all Community Fair Trade products. Babassu oil comes from babassu nuts and is produced by the COPPALJ co-operative in Brazil: this helps to provide income for the members of the co-operative and helps to prevent babassu palm felling, assisting with the safeguarding of the forests and wildlife preservation.
Inside the pink and white pot, which has a screw top lid, the product is divided into two by a wavy piece of plastic which makes the round pot look a bit like the yin and ylang symbol. The light-coloured cream is for 'normal' skin areas whereas the darker pink cream is designed for drier areas.
I use the more intensive cream on my elbows, knees and lower legs. It is very thick, thicker than a normal body shop body butter, but goes onto the skin very well and doesn't take too long to sink in. This cream helps these areas of my body feel hydrated all day, and my elbows in particular are in much better condition.
I use the lighter cream everywhere else, and it works in terms of hydrating without being too heavy. Having said that it seems thicker and more intensive than some other body lotions I've used, despite being the 'lighter' cream. This cream actually does take a while to sink in - longer than the more intensive cream in fact! This isn't too much of a problem for me as I tend to apply my makeup before getting dressed anyway, but if you're often rushing around in the morning trying to get ready, this may not be the cream for you.
The cream as a whole has lasted me about a month which is reasonable. I have found I've used less of the intensive cream than of the normal cream, though not to the extent of other reviewers - perhaps because I use it on my legs as well as elbows and knees. I have ended up with a bit more intensive cream at the end though, which I have kept for use with 'normal' body lotions.
Overall this is a pretty decent body butter and a good idea. It's expensive at full price but is often on special offer. It has flaws but it does work well. I would consider buying it again, and would like to try some of the other scents too.
In a pink screw top tub of 250ml, £6.95 - a drop from £12, there are two parts in a Yin Yan style. In one part there is a thin moisturiser for normal skin, another part a harder butter for rough skin. I understand the idea but feel it was a waste of my money - I will say why.
The scent is lovely, hardly noticeable, if you want a more obvious scent, go for Acia flora one (purple tub) The moisturiser glides on easily, with some rubbing in the skin absorbs it, it non- greasy so perfect to apply and go.
The butter part - as said - is a harder cream like wax, much like soap, you have to assert pressure to be able to have some on your finger tips. Apply it to areas where the skin tends to be a bit coarser, namely the elbows and knees. This too is non-greasy.
The downside, knees and elbows skin area are much less than overall body, this means the moisturiser covers more skin area than the waxy butter cream would, you finish the moisturiser first long before the waxy butter. So, unless you have even ratio of normal and rougher skin, the tub won't be used up equally.
Like all Bodyshop products, the scent is lovely without being overpowering. Lovely moisturiser skin after the first application - but at normal price of £12 it's too expensive to be worth it. Get it on a deal/sale.
I received my first tub of Body Shop Duo Sweet Pea Body Butter as a gift. The body butter comes in a large 200ml pink coloured tub with a picture of sweet peas (flowers) on the top - pleasant enough. The screw lid is easy to remove, even with greasy hands.
This body butter is different to all of the other Body Shop Body Butters that I've tried because it includes 2 body butters inside the tub - one side contains a body butter for normal skin and the other side contains a body butter for dry skin areas. I would say that my skin is relatively 'normal' and I don't really suffer from dry skin, although sometimes my skin can be slightly on the dry side as I tend to bath/shower/swim an awful lot.
The first thing you notice when you open the tub is the smell. I have no idea what sweet peas actually smell like, but this body butter has a very strong florally scent. It's lovely, although I have to admit that I do prefer sweeter fruitier smells (I always feel that florally scents are more suited to more 'mature' ladies! Don't hurt me!). I was pleased to find that when applied the smell is very apparent on my skin and stays put almost all day long.
I apply this body butter to my whole body. I personally prefer applying it after a bath or shower as this is when my skin is cleansed and soft, but sometimes a little dry and ready for pampering! A small scoop of each is usually enough to cover everything - a little goes a long way. The 'normal skin' body butter is quite light and this softens and moisturises all of my skin nicely (I use this body butter on about 85% of my body).
The 'dry skin' body butter is a lot thicker, richer and is most suitable for areas that are most in need of hydration (I use this body butter on about 15% of my body, so there is a lot more of this left in the tub). It's great for use on my dry and rough areas, especially my knees, elbows, feet and occasionally shins - they instantly look and feel soft, smooth and nourished. I expect this would be an exceptional body butter for those who suffer with dry skin, I will certainly keep it in mind if I ever have very dry skin issues. I use the 'dry skin' body butter sparingly as if I apply too much it can take a while to absorb and can be a little greasy. However when used in moderation both of the body butters are easy to rub in and absorb quickly (you should leave them for a couple minutes to absorb fully before getting dressed) without being greasy. The effects tend to last for most of the day too.
This product isn't tested on animals. The Body Shop are against animal testing, which makes me much more likely to choose them over many other brands.
You can buy The Body Shop Duo Sweet Pea Body Butter from The Body Shop or from The Body Shop website. A 200ml tub costs 12.50 which is quite expensive in my opinion (although as I've already mentioned a little does seem to go a long way and it is a good quality body butter), I will keep my eyes peeled for offers and sales in future as I would only consider paying a higher price for a product that I LOVE, rather than just like.
Overall I'd say The Body Shop Duo Sweet Pea Body Butter is a nice product. It smells good, it softens and moisturises, it's suitable for all skin types (and great for those who have a mix of dry and normal skin), it has ethical values, the effects (and scent) last and a little goes a long way. The downsides for me are that it's quite expensive, my skin isn't dry enough to fully appreciate the 'dry skin' body butter as much as I should and although I like the scent, it's not my favourite smelling body butter.
My love of Body Shop Body Butters started some years ago when I received a gift set from the Body Shop as a Christmas present and it included one of their body butters.
To begin with I wasn't keen on the whole idea of Body Butter as I had expected it to be really greasy and oily, but I was so wrong that I have since tried a lot of different ones over the years.
Recently the Body Shop have had the idea of producing 'Duos' which are essentially Body Butters split into two sections - one for ordinary moisturising and the other for really dry areas such as knees and elbows.
As a fan of the traditional Body Butters I didn't really see the point of these and so hadn't bothered buying one until I saw that one of the fragrances in the range is Sweet Pea. I love the smell of sweet peas and so I couldn't resist trying the Body Butter especially after trying it in the shop.
The Body Butter Duos contain 200ml of cream and are the same size as the standard Body Butters. They are also the same price at £12.50 although I always wait until there is an offer on, then I go through Quidco and use my Love Your Body Card in order to get further discounts!
The Sweet Pea Body Butter Duo comes in a circular screw topped pot which is the same size and shape as a standard Body Butter. The first difference is the design of the label - instead of having a brightly coloured picture depicting the contents it is far more subtle. The label is white with a pink edge and a pink sketch of sweet peas in the centre.
As with all the other Body Butters the writing is kept to a minimum on the top - just stating the name of the product and the fragrance in both English and French. The top was sealed to the bottom of the pot with a clear plastic seal so that you could see that it had not been tampered with before purchase.
I removed the seal and as I unscrewed the lid the fragrance of sweet peas escaped and it was gorgeous! As I said earlier I love the smell of sweet peas when picked from the garden and this Body Butter reminded me of doing just that.
The butter itself is pale pink in colour and it is split into two sections for the two different levels of moisturisation. The one for the drier areas is thicker and more like a traditional Body Shop Body Butter and the other one is a little thinner and more like an ordinary moisturising cream.
I enjoyed using both of the creams although the thinner one was just like any other good quality moisturiser. The thicker one worked in the same way as the other Body Butters that I have tried in that it melted on my skin and was absorbed immediately making my skin feel soft and smooth and smelling lovely without being greasy.
When I first started using the Body Butters all those years ago I took a look at the website and found out that each of the Body Shop Body Butters contain cocoa butter which melts at body temperature and this is why the body butter is so easily absorbed into the skin.
If you are interested in the ingredients of the Body Butter take a look at the Body Shop website at www.thebodyshop.co.uk . You'll find details of all the ingredients together with their various properties and also information about where they are produced.
The Body Shop has an initiative called Community Fair Trade which means that they source their ingredients from sustainable crops and the growers are paid a fair price enabling them to maintain their lifestyle. That is the basic idea anyway but there is much more information on the website.
Back to the Body Butter Duo .........................
I must admit, although I enjoyed using both the moisturisers, I wouldn't buy one of these again. I would rather spend my £12.50 on a standard Body Butter and use a separate moisturiser if I needed light moisturisation. I think that is better value for money as a moisturiser wouldn't cost as much as a Body Butter.
So this time it's thanks but no thanks to the Body Shop.